13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What time does Keith say it is when he comes down to get in his car?

2. What did Keith take from Mari's?

3. Why is Ginny afraid to cross the road in Rome?

4. What does Alice give Ginny when Ginny arrives at the 4th Noodle Penthouse?

5. What does Ginny enclose in her letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ginny tell Richard and what does she do after they talk?

2. How does Ginny decide to get the money to the artist?

3. What does Ginny find at the second hostel she stops at and how does she end up spending the night there? What does she do once she has a place?

4. How does Ginny find a key?

5. How do Ginny and Carrie lose their backpacks?

6. What is contained in the second envelope?

7. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?

8. What does Peg tell Ginny as far as traveling is concerned?

9. Where do Keith and Ginny go after having a drink?

10. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"13 Little Blue Envelopes" belongs to the teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen novel and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "13 Little Blue Envelopes. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is? Explain your response.

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